Local Plan review: Hearing sessions

LATEST NEWS: Updated 12 June 2017

Inspectors’ Matters and Issues for Matter 10 (Policies for Travellers / Caravan Dwellers and Travelling Showpeople) have been published.

The  Hearings Programme (Version 23) [PDF, 303kB] (published 02 June 2017) is the most current hearings programme giving details, including dates where available, on future hearings blocks for both the Cambridge Local Plan and South Cambridgeshire Local Plan examinations. This version updates Matter SC1.

Further information may be published in due course and you are advised to regularly check for updates if you have an interest in future hearings

Documentation and information relating to South Cambridgeshire District Council only Matters and Issues and hearing sessions can be found on the South Cambridgeshire Examinations Page.

Submission of Further Proposed Modifications to the Inspectors (30 November 2016)

The planning inspectors wrote to the Councils on 7 September 2016 asking for clarification on the progress of a number of areas of work, including the provisional modification by South Cambridgeshire District Council to allocate land south of the Cambridgeshire Biomedical Campus (which is referred to in the updated Hearings Programme). Cambridge City Council responded on 16 September 2016 and South Cambridgeshire District Council responded on 23 September 2016, providing schedules outlining the specific work being undertaken, relevant committee dates and the target dates for submission of the work to the Inspectors.

Inspectors Note: 7 April 2016

The Inspector has issued Inspector Note 2 (RD/Gen/151) which relates to appearances in relation to the Proposed Modifications representations.

Submission of Further Work and accompanying Proposed Modifications to the Inspectors: 31 March 2016

Further to the letters issued by the Inspectors examining the Local Plans on the 20th May 2015 and 28th July 2015, the Councils submitted the further work  to address the Inspectors’ concerns including accompanying proposed modifications on the 31 March 2016.

South Cambridgeshire District Council has provided a separate letter in respect of the provisional Modification to the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan to allocate land south of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC).

In a separate letter, Cambridge City Council has advised the Inspectors that they will be undertaking further work in relation to student accommodation.

Inspectors' Preliminary Conclusions: 20 May 2015

The Inspectors examining the Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire Local Plans issued a letter on 20 May 2015 outlining some preliminary conclusions following the joint hearings and further work required to support the Local Plans. 

The Councils responded to this letter on 30 June 2015 proposing suspending the examination process until February 2016 to allow further work to be undertaken. In a separate letter the Councils asked the Inspectors to consider providing a single issue report on the joint trajectory and sought the Inspectors’ advice in relation to further work on the Gypsy and Travellers Accommodation Needs Assessment.

We received a response from the Inspectors on 28 July 2015.The Inspectors recognised that the Councils are taking a positive approach to addressing the concerns they have raised and they formally suspended the examinations until March 2016.

The Inspectors also said that they were considering whether it would be possible to progress the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) examinations whilst the Local Plan examinations are suspended and asked the Councils for their views on this possibility.

The Inspectors issued a further letter updating their position on the CIL examinations on 18 August 2015.

On 1 September 2015, the Councils responded to the two letters from the Inspectors asking the Inspectors if they will reconsider issuing a view on the principle of the joint housing trajectory given the 5 year land supply issues in South Cambridgeshire and sets out the Councils’ view that it would be appropriate to give formal consideration to the timing of the CIL examinations later in the year once further work has been completed and asks the Inspectors to keep the matter open at this stage.

We received a response from the Inspectors on 10 September 2015. The Inspectors do not consider it appropriate to reach any conclusions on the principle of the joint housing trajectory in advance of knowing the outcome of the further work that is being undertaken. The Inspectors say that it is unlikely that the CIL examinations could proceed during the suspension of the Local Plan examinations due to the relationship with the development strategy.

The Councils wrote to the Inspectors on 28 September 2015 updating them on progress and confirming the overall timetable for the further work that is being undertaken.

Inspector Notes

The Inspector has issued Inspector Note 1 (RD/Gen/150) which relates to the context for hearings on site allocations, strategy and omissions sites at the Local Plan Examination. 

The Inspector has issued Inspector Note 2 (RD/Gen/151) which relates to appearances in relation to the Proposed Modifications representations.

The Programme Officer has issued a note which relates to the issues to be covered in the joint hearings.

An overview of the examination process is available on the Examination homepage.

Pre-Hearing Meeting

The pre-hearing meeting took place on Thursday 11 September 2014. The pre-hearing meeting was for both the Cambridge Local Plan and South Cambridgeshire Local Plan Examinations and explained the format of the examination. The Inspector has issued Notes from the meeting [PDF, 249kB], which provide a summary of the main points raised.

The Inspector has issued Guidance notes for those participating in the examination explaining the examination process in more detail.

Hearing Sessions

The Inspector will hold hearing sessions. Hearings are an opportunity for the Inspector to clarify and/or seek additional information on any issues relating to the 'soundness' of the Local Plan.

An updated  Hearings Programme (Version 23) [PDF, 303kB] has been published giving further details, including dates where available, on future hearings blocks for both the Cambridge City Local Plan and South Cambridgeshire District Local Plan examinations. You are advised to regularly check for updates if you have an interest in future hearings.

Information relating to South Cambridgeshire only hearing sessions are published on South Cambridgeshire Examinations Page.

The first blocks of hearing sessions set out in the Hearings Programme (version 7) dealt with joint matters relating to the Cambridge Local Plan and the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan.

Members of the public are allowed to attend the examination hearing sessions to observe proceedings.

On 22 September a letter was sent to all respondents to the Cambridge Local Plan and South Cambridgeshire District Council Local Plan Proposed Submission consultations, via post or email. The letter provided notification of the start of the Local Plans examinations including dates and venues, a letter from the planning inspector, meeting notes from the pre hearing meeting, witness lists, the hearings programme and the main matters and issues. A copy of this letter is attached below.

Documents

Main matters and issues

The Inspector has issued:

These list the matters and issues identified to date and will be updated in due course as the Inspector decides on the matters and issues to be considered in the next blocks of hearing sessions.

Matters and issues relating to South Cambridgeshire only hearing sessions are published on South Cambridgeshire Examinations Page.

All written statements submitted to inform the hearing sessions are published on the Written Statements webpage. Statements must be limited to 3,000 words per matter. Further information on this is provided in the  Statement for Hearings notice [PDF, 42kB].

Inspector Notes

The Inspector has issued Inspector Note 1 (RD/Gen/150) which relates to the context for hearings on site allocations, strategy and omissions sites at the Local Plan Examination.

The Inspector has issued Inspector Note 2 (RD/Gen/151) which relates to appearances in relation to the Proposed Modifications representations.

Gloria Alexander is the Programme Officer who is assisting the Inspectors. All correspondence relating to the examination should be addressed to Gloria Alexander:

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